Let’s face it, men are not treating their beard right. It’s fairly easy to grow a beard. Basically, you don’t shave, and it tends to handle itself. The occasional trim keeps it from looking like a tangled mess. Shaping a beard is or another time, right now let’s focus on the use of beard oils and beard balms.
Any bearded man worth his axe and flannel shirt should be using some type of product in their beard. The same goes for his hair, face, and the rest of his body. For now, know that the market is saturated with all types of promises, fancy marketing, and less than ideal ingredients for any type of hair. The goal is to help you decide which is best for you.
Both beard oil and balm are essential for maintaining healthy facial hair. This article will help you differ the two and also what ingredients you should be looking out for the next time you need to replenish your on-hand supply.
Beard oils are essential for men with shorter beards or are beginning to grow one out. Either long or short beards will benefit from oil because of the moisturizing ingredients that help treat beard dandruff and flaking. Additionally, oils can also calm down the itchy phase of newer and younger beards.
If you catch yourself constantly scratching at your chin, beard oil would be a perfect solution for reaching that dry skin buried deep down under your facial hair. On top of that, the oil will help re-hydrate your beard, but give you a matte finish. It’s best to use a boar’s hair brush to evenly distribute the oil throughout your beard.
Medium to long length beards will have better use of beard balms. However, if you suffer from dry skin, a balm will provide more moisturizing properties than oil. The reason is that of the design of the balm. You can compare it to a pomade or solid cologne. Beard balms contain a higher viscosity - making them thicker than their oil counterparts and longer to absorb.
Beard balms sit on top of your hair and skin slowly being absorbed. If you are looking for a high shine appearance, then consider a balm rather than an oil. Also, taking into account the similarity of pomades, beard balms will keep those unruly facial stray hairs in check.
Can you use both simultaneously?
You definitely can use both together. Considering the benefits of both products, it’s understandable why you would want to. But be conservative with how much you are applying. Many men fall victim to more is better, when in fact a little goes a long way. It’s a slippery slope once you begin applying both products together. Applying just one product can be difficult for some men as well. Start with small amounts and work your way up to adding more product slowly.
Right after a shower is one of the best times you can add products because your pores are more receptive. They are open and will hold on to the ingredients better. A blow dryer will help with applying either one. The heat will make both products manageable and easier to spread.
For a glossy look, brush in oil first then add balm.
It goes without saying but natural ingredients will always be superior ingredients. Beard oils and balms are no exception. Some of the best ingredients to look for are - Virgin Argan Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernal, Avocado Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Hempseed Oil, and Grapeseed Oil.
Both high-quality, natural oils and balms will carry most if not all these ingredients. Jojoba oil and shea butter are excellent natural moisturizers that you should be looking for when comparing products.
Beeswax is what gives balms their holding capabilities. You can warm up beeswax and style your beard, then as it cools it will settle into place. However, higher temperatures may affect your beard and how neat it is, which is why you should keep some balm with you to reapply.
Let’s cover scents. As long as your oil or balms are crafted with natural essential oils, then you won’t have to worry about irritation. Fortunately, companies have been experimenting with different oils to create different scent profiles - from a woodsy scent to a tropical scent.
Determining whether oil, balm, or both is best for you is easy, but finding “your” scent is difficult. Our balms and oils in our Grooming Dude collection feature all the listed natural ingredients and a large selection of scents. It’s up to you to find what you like.
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